a brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance. It does not describe in detail the person or thing to which it refers. It is just a passing comment and the writer expects the reader to possess enough knowledge to spot the allusion and grasp its importance in a text.

1. Odyssey 2.The Bible 3.The Heart of Darkness 4.Pinocchio 5. David and Goliath

Can you think of any examples of allusions used in movies, books, tv or another form of media? Leave an example in the comment stream below!

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3 years ago

ATT has a great Blackberry advertisement using Hermann Melville's Moby Dick and a clip of Sheen from the cartoon "Jimmy Neutron" saying, "Call me Ishmael." The background music comes from an artist called Moby. View the commercial here:

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2 years ago

In the movie Shrek 2, Shrek and Fiona go to see Fiona's parents. The sign on the hill in the kingdom reads "Far, Far Away." This is an understood reference to the Hollywood sign in California.